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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (Nintendo DS)

by Konami
Nintendo DS
 Ages 12 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Encounter over 100 diverse enemies in your adventure to stop Dracula's resurrection
  • Summon your partner and execute cooperation attacks to decimate your enemies
  • Collect items, weapons and magic as you explore the castle
  • Fight with and against your friends in multiple multi-player modes
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000MQB7O0
  • Release Date: 9 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,998 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

No matter how long-running they may, be there are some game series that will never become household names, unless that household happens to contain a number of very dedicated video games fans. The Castlelvania series of 2D platform adventures is one of the most beloved of all niche franchises but this second outing on the DS is, by the game’s normally conservative standards, quite a departure from the norm. It’s set during World War II and you control not one vampire hunter but two. The first is the traditional whip wielding, animal impersonating, Jonathan Morris and the other is a young witch called Charlotte Aulin. You can switch between characters at any time or call on their help solving puzzles or engaging in a simultaneous attack.

Sensibly the game ditches the intrusive use of the touch screen seen in Dawn of Sorrow, instead choosing to focus on making the two characters as different as possible with Johnny concentrating on traditional Castlevania melee weapons and Charlotte learning a range of different offensive and defensive magic. As usual in a Castlevania game both characters gain experience as they defeat enemies, slowly increasing your stats like a role-playing game. The 2D graphics are as exquisitely detailed as ever but the level design is perhaps a little more pedestrian than normal. Thankfully the bizarre range of enemies makes up for this to a degree, with some particularly ingenious bosses. The only real disappointment is that the much vaunted co-op mode is only for a few special levels and not the whole game. Even so, it’s still an improvement on the last game and the best new Castlevania since Symphony of the Night on the PSOne.

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portraits hide the secrets of Castle An ancient vampire threatens the fate of the world using the damn castle Dracula and his mystical paintings to open portals of death. Fight alongside jonathan morris, young bearer of the legendary whip and charlotte matavampiros Aulin, a witch with great magical abilities to defeat evil in the most blindly hours of humanity.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return Of The Whip 4 Feb 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Last year's Dawn of Sorrow was Castlevania's first entrance into the DS library. It proved to be a hit, both in critical acclaim and sales. It isn't a surprise, therefore, to see Konami releasing the next instalment of its popular Dracula-related series, just in time for the Christmas holidays. Portrait of Ruin isn't exactly related to Dawn of Sorrow, but both share similar core gameplay elements. New features are included this time round as well to keep things fresh. The result is an instantly satisfying title that will go down in the books as another great Castlevania game.

The story of Portrait of Ruin is set in the year 1944, during World War II. In the midst of hellish times, Dracula's castle mysteriously reappears. Two vampire hunters, Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin, join forces to investigate the occurrence. This is as simple as it gets when it comes to the game's premise - it's merely an excuse to get your characters to explore a huge castle again. This is not really a bad thing though, since it's what Castlevania is all about. The interesting thing here is, you will get the chance to control BOTH Jonathan and Charlotte. This is something that is uncommon in the series.

As you may have expected, both characters have different abilities - Jonathan is the powerhouse that deals high melee damages, while Charlotte is more of a magic user. Despite their differences, controlling them isn't difficult. The basic controls are similar to Dawn of Sorrow, but you can choose to control only one character, call forth your partner to fight beside you, and even switch between characters. All these options are accessible at the push of a button, which makes this double-team attribute extremely user-friendly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Although I really enjoyed the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS Castlevania games, I never felt (before this title) that they squared up to Castlevania Symphony of the Night. I think my reservations mainly came down to the fact that the handheld titles before Portrait of Ruin didn't seem to build on the Castlevania gameplay in any meaningful way.

HOWEVER! Portrait of Ruin really does do something new and worthwhile with the series: there are two characters that you can control in turns, with one tagging along helping out and use as a combination to do damaging moves.

I really loved the idea of accessing different castles by travelling through paintings too. That was a very Mario 64ish touch and again sets the title out from the other 2D Castlevania titles which are essentially just one or two castles.

I thoroughly enjoyed the game - it's certainly the most original and interesting of the handheld Castlevania titles, and the superior sound and partially 3D graphics really brought it up a notch from Dawn of Sorrow (the previous Nintendo DS Castlevania game).

A perfect title for Castlevania fans and novices alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous gameplay 4 July 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This was my first Castlevania game but certainly not my last. I played the game through 3 times and I'm still tempted to pick it up. Great art and music, funny and witty at times and great gameplay..
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5.0 out of 5 stars just a beast game 28 May 2014
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just what I wanted for my dsi xl. the game is just as described and I am really happy with it. 5*
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The second in the DS trilogy of castlevania. This time, the plot is set in 1944 and follows young Jonathan and Charlotte (they're always young these protagonists...), vampire slayers, investigating the reappearance of Dracula's castle (even though he's not due to show up...) Again, the plot doesn't always grab you (and the castlevania series always seems to repeat itself and be a little muddled), but this shouldn't stop you from enjoying and coming back for more. Gameplay is consistent with the other games from Symphony of the Night and is just like Dawn of Sorrow. It follows these 2 games quite closely in particular, the only difference being the use of the 2 characters in terms of gameplay and puzzle solving. Jonathan being the physical threat and Charlotte the magic user. The use of these characters adds a little extra dimension of puzzle solving but the reality is that the game is really an exploratory platformer with rpg elements added. The RPG elements, basically are the levelling up system to enhance your character's stats and the equipping of items to help you progress through the game. Again, like every castlevania, the exploratory element is important towards the gameplay and is strongly recommended to complete this game. Music is good too, and more varied now, because, as a way of being a little different than a few other castlevanias, this game has more varied locales (you're in the castle itself but the castle has paintings which warp you to different places. The Egyptian theme is my fave). Item variety is good, as is weapon choice, although you do find yourself using one more than the other.
If it has to be said about the faults of this game, they're just like the previous entry in the series, Dawn of Sorrow.
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